A health advisory has been issued for the beach at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Samples taken Monday were above threshold for the bacteria, the Hillsborough County Health Department said Thursday.
The beach should be considered unsafe for swimming, the department said.
When sampling indicates that water is in satisfactory range, the advisory will be lifted. The beach will be sampled again Monday, the department said.
The department has been conducting coastal quality monitoring at nine sites once every two weeks since August 2000 and weekly since August 2002 through the state’s Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.
Enterococci bacteria is typically found in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals and may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. It is an indictation of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage, the department said.
The park is at 2401 19th Ave N.W.